Flooding concern continues in Elba; river expected to crest Friday

Flooding concern continues in Elba; river expected to crest Friday

ELBA, Ala. (WSFA) - After Sally hit Alabama Wednesday, there are still concerns for flooding in Elba as the Pea River continues to rise.

Elba Mayor Mickey Murdock says he believes the levee will be OK. However, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is looking at the levee to make sure it’s good to go. They’re encouraged by what they’re seeing.

Murdock said he doesn’t think they’ll see what they saw in the 1990 floods, but the water is rising in other parts of the river.

“The problem is I think the water is rising in other areas,” he said.

According to Murdock, around 50 homes are at risk.

“The problem is I think the water is rising in other areas and it’s coming down here,” said Murdock.

The river is expected to crest Friday. However, officials don’t expect the levee to be an issue Thursday night and don’t expect flooding in downtown Elba.

The latest information has the river cresting at about 40 feet. That would put it just under the bridge leading to town.

A 40-foot crest would be the fourth highest crest on record.

Those who live within yards of the river outside the protective levee are moving to higher ground.

“This is a little bit heightened as you would say, but we’re ready if need be,” said Elba Fire Chief Drew Parker.

Unlike previous floods, this time there is no real concern about the levee. The corps feels good about it.

“They’re encouraged by what they see,” said Murdock.

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